Donkey Bay Inn – Bay of Islands

Totally off the grid this architectural masterpiece will take your breath away


In a spectacular setting overlooking the Bay of Islands. Everything you never expected. Enter through the canary-yellow curved tunnel to a private courtyard shaded by olive trees; a secluded and tranquil place to relax at any time of the day or night; it’s also a great place to gather with friends and enjoy a private wine tasting.

The Sitting Room and Bar, featuring soaring ceilings, eclectic furnishings and spectacular artworks. In summer two sides of this room open to the sea breezes. The free-standing curved Library is defined by wood and water and opens to the garden; cool summer breezes waft garden scents through a double set of French doors. Four exotically styled suites and bedrooms rooms feature views to the bay. Balconies or terraces offer private spaces to relax, four-poster beds to luxuriate and spectacular ensuites.

Luxurious toiletries, robes and slippers entice one to simply unwind. Wake to an enticing gourmet continental breakfast – enjoy indoors, or on the spacious decks. Relax on the spacious decks with a book, or wander down to the private naturist beach, or just a short walk takes you to Long Beach.

As evening falls, enjoy a glass of the owner’s acclaimed wine, or a Donkey Bay gin. Maybe relax in the outdoor baths overlooking the water – watch the stars come out. Be chauffeured into Russell by the vintage Daimler limousine to dine or simply to enjoy the local shopping boutiques. Fully energy efficient – totally off the grid and cooled under a huge living roof, this architectural masterpiece will take your breath away

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